Past Shows from the 2012 – 2013 Season

Bayou City Concert Musicals kicked off its 2012-13 season with 1943’s ONE TOUCH OF VENUS. “It seems strange,” says BCCM Artistic Director Paul Hope, “that a show written in the 1940s can be a Houston premiere, but ONE TOUCH OF VENUS has never before been seen on a Houston stage. That’s a sad oversight BCCM will correct in September.”

With music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ogden Nash and book by S.J. Perelman, ONE TOUCH OF VENUS is the story of the legendary statue as she comes to life and falls in love with an ordinary guy.

BCCM Artistic Director Paul Hope once again put together an outstanding team, both off-stage and on, for the Houston premiere of ONE TOUCH OF VENUS, September 6-9, 2012, at the Heinen Theatre. Musical Director Michael Mertz returned after his much-praised work on FINIAN’S RAINBOW. The ballet-infused choreography was designed by the talented Krissy Richmond. And what would a BCCM show be without Conductor Dominique Røyem leading the orchestra?

The cast was testament to the depth of musical theatre talent in Houston. Danica Dawn Johnston brought her beautiful voice and her impeccable comic timing to the lead role of Venus. Calling Rob Flebbe, who played Rodney, the barber who falls in love with his Venus, a triple threat probably underestimates him. In addition to being a talented actor, a fine singer and a superb dancer, Rob is also an accomplished choreographer who staged many of the musical sequences in BCCM’s 2011 production of FINIAN’S RAINBOW.

The supporting cast was equally strong, featuring return appearances by Susan O. Koozin, Susan Draper, and BCCM cabaret favorite Grace Givens. Joe Kirkendall, one of Houston’s finest actors, made his BCCM debut as art connoisseur Whitelaw Savory.

ONE TOUCH OF VENUS was presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com

Bayou City Concert Musicals’ popular cabaret series has focused on Broadway. Maybe a song or two, here and there, had its start on the silver screen, but for the most part the streets of New York have been the home for the composers and lyricists the cabarets have featured. But just as the Great American Songbook isn’t limited to the tunes of the Great White Way and Tin Pan Alley, neither is BCCM.

For its February 2013 cabaret, BCCM followed Jerome Kern, already a major figure in American music, as he moved his talents to Hollywood in 1935. It didn’t take him long to feel right at home. He and lyricist Dorothy Fields won the 1936 Academy Award for best song with The Way You Look Tonight from the movie SWING TIME. Kern returned to Broadway only once, in 1939, with VERY WARM FOR MAY, a less-than-great show that included one of his greatest songs, All The Things You Are. Movies became the medium for his biggest hits, including A Fine Romance, I Won’t Dance, Long Ago and Far Away, and The Last Time I Saw Paris (for which he won his second Academy Award in 1941).

BCCM presented JEROME KERN IN HOLLYWOOD February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2013, at the Performance Centre at the Ensemble Theatre.

The May cabaret went bi-coastal as BCCM focused on the work of Arthur Schwartz. Schwartz may be the best American composer whose name you don’t know. Schwartz wrote for both the Broadway stage and the movies, collaborating with some of the best lyricists of all time. For Broadway, he produced such standards as I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan and Dancing in the Dark. Like Jerome Kern, Arthur Schwartz won two Academy Awards, the first in 1944 for They’re Either Too Young or Too Old from THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS. His second Oscar came in 1948 for A Gal in Calico from the film THE TIME, THE PLACE AND THE GIRL. In 1990, 16 years after his death, his song That’s Entertainment was named the most performed feature film standard by ASCAP.

BCCM presented ALONE TOGETHER: THE SONGS OF ARTHUR SCHWARTZ May 6, 13 & 20, 2013, at the Performance Centre at the Ensemble Theatre.

Past Shows

Based on the 1960 Academy Award-winning movie The Apartment, PROMISES, PROMISES took us back to mid-Twentieth Century America and the world of the grey flannel suited men and the women they pursued. Chuck Baxter works as an accountant for a New York insurance company. He longs for romance and for a promotion. Since the girls seem to ignore him, he opts for the promotion using his only asset, his apartment, which he lends out to company executives for, shall we say, some afternoon delight.

When his boss, Mr. Sheldrake, promotes Chuck with the agreement he gets exclusive use of the apartment for his affair, Chuck agrees…only to realize that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik, the girl of Chuck’s dreams. The original Broadway 1968 production of PROMISES, PROMISES was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won two. The 2010 Broadway revival was nominated for four Tonys and won one.

Two of Houston’s favorite musical actors heaedd the PROMISES, PROMISES cast. Dylan Godwin took on the role of Chuck and John Gremillion played Mr. Sheldrake. Katie Fridsma made her BCCM debut as Fran Kubelik.

BCCM Artistic Director Paul Hope directed BCCM’s production with co-director Mitchell Greco, musical director Michael Mertz, conductor Dr. Dominique Røyem, and choreographer Melissa Pritchett.

BCCM’s production of PROMISES, PROMISES was at the Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin, for five performances: September 15 – September 18, 2016.

Proceeds from Bayou City Concert Musicals’ production of PROMISES, PROMISES benefited the Tim Harris Memorial Fund and The Actors’ Fund. Both organizations support performers who have suffered catastrophic illness or injury.

The distinctive jazz-influenced style of Burt Bacharach and Hal David is immediately recognizable and was recorded by the biggest music stars of the 1960s and 70s, including Cher, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, B.J. Thomas, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon, and of course, Dionne Warwick. Even The Beatles recorded a Bacharach/David song (“Baby, It’s You”).

Bacharach and David began their collaboration in 1957 at the storied Brill Building in New York City. Their first hit, “The Story of My Life,” was recorded by country music star Marty Robbins and soon climbed to #1 on the country charts. Their next effort proved the range of the talented young duo. “Magic Moments” was a big 1957 hit for crooner Perry Como. Once the two forged an exclusive writing partnership in 1963, the hits flowed, among them “Blue on Blue,” “The Look of Love,” “Wishing and Hoping,” “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” “Always Something There To Remind Me,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” and including an incredible 38 hit singles for Dionne Warwick.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David were awarded the 2011 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first and currently the only songwriting team to be so honored.

Press

PRAISE FOR PAST BAYOU CITY CONCERT MUSICALS SHOWS

FOLLIES (2000)

“…a multi-faceted gem…sparkled with personality and talent. [Paul] Hope worked wonders adapting the ambitious show.” — Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle

“…as richly realized as any in recent memory. …stirring testament to the depth of talent found in the Bayou City, as well as their matchless star wattage.” — D.L. Groover, OutSmart Magazine

FALSETTOS (2001)

“…a fresh, intimate look at this 1992 Tony Award® winner. …everything a contemporary musical should be, but rarely is.” — Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle

SHE LOVES ME (2003)

“…everything a musical should be… a talented and personable company…” — Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle

70, GIRLS, 70 (2004)

“…many standout numbers and comic bits… Joshua Wright brings supple voice and live moves to Go Visit Your Grandmother, teamed with Nancy Taylor’s spry Granny, matching Wright’s taps on her walker for a show-stopping duet.” — Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle

ASSASSINS (2005)

“…darkly brilliant… potent, goosebump raising moments, not only in the material, but the performances…” — Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle

“…exceptional, knockout cast under Paul Hope’s uncomparably fluid direction…” — D.L. Groover, Houston Press

FIORELLO! (2006)

“…classy, clever, beautifully put together… incredibly cast by a who’s who of Houston musical glitterati…a landslide victory for everyone.” — D.L. Groover, Houston Press

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